Friday, March 4, 2016

Oil Pulling: How to use coconut oil to improve your dental health

     "The oil acts like a cleanser. When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums, it 'pulls' out bacteria and other debris." ~ Bruce Fife, Oil Pulling Therapy

     Last year my dentist identified issues with my teeth, but didn't offer any solutions other than more fillings, and the usual brushing/flossing my teeth - which of course I was doing already. My teeth had become sensitive to heat, cold and pressure.  It was beginning to hurt to chew. And I had a nasty taste in my mouth. I knew something was not right.

     I began to research holistic dental health solutions and discovered the practice of "oil-pulling." An acquaintance shared that she had healed her cavities and receding gums with oil-pulling.  I definitely wanted to give it a try.

An Ancient Practice

     Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental practice that involves holding a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swishing it around for 20 minutes, and then spitting it out.  It dramatically reduces the bacterial load in your mouth, reduces infection and plaque, draws out toxins and even whitens teeth.  The detoxifying action of oil pulling reduces headaches, keeps skin clear, balances hormones and increases energy.

     At first, putting a tablespoon of coconut oil into my mouth made me gag! And trying to hold it in my mouth made me feel like I couldn't breathe!  If you have this problem, start with a half tablespoon for 5 minutes and gradually work up to a tablespoon for 20 minutes. 

     The coconut oil will be semi-solid and opaque when you first put it into your mouth.  As it liquefies, swish it around and pull it between and around your teeth with the muscles in your mouth.  By the time you spit it out, it will be opaque again. You can purchase coconut oil from amazon HERE

The Results

     After oil pulling for a few weeks, the heat, cold and pressure sensitivity in my teeth went away. My mouth felt fresher and just plain good!  I'm now hooked on the practice and do oil pulling before I brush my teeth every night.  I even do it while I'm on vacation.  I make up a baggie of one tablespoon of oil for every day of my vacation.  Then each day I pull out the baggie, swish the coconut oil it in my mouth for 20 minutes, spit it back in the baggie, seal the baggie and toss it. 

     There are other products that I used to improve my dental health that you can read about HERE.

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